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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Unusual Calls for Submissions

Third-Person Story Contest
Narrative’s Third-Person Story Contest is open to all writers. For this contest we will be accepting short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 10,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. We are looking for works written either from a limited third-person or from an omniscient perspective. In either case, we are particularly interested in the distinction and tension that exist between the narrator’s perspective and that of the characters. The term perspective connotes an awareness of the true relationship that one thing bears to another; as a facet of point of view, perspective indicates a recognition of the cause-and-effect basis of human interactions and of the ways in which character influences fate. An accurate and nuanced use of point of view creates the illumination and drama that readers experience as pleasure, without the reader necessarily observing and thinking at all about the writer's use of point of view. To use Virginia Woolf’s phrase, a central transparency is created.

FAWLT magazine is an online, quarterly journal seeking short stories, poems, essays, and artwork that deal with human flaws. Each issue of the magazine focuses on a single, undesirable characteristic, exploring such issues as: who is affected by it, its impact on individuals, in which circumstance it can be especially bad (or actually good), and any other aspect of the flaw that that may be worth investigating. We seek previously unpublished prose, poetry, art, and photograph that incorporate these characteristics in funny or sobering ways. Ultimately Fawlt hopes to offer an entertaining look at human frailty and a serious consideration of some of our more unpleasant traits. Please do not send more than three prose pieces or five poems at a time. We have extended the deadline for submissions to our next issue, ARROGANCE to January 31, 2009. We're also considering submissions for APATHY.

Call for Stories From Disaster Healthcare Workers
Kaplan Publishing, the publisher of a broad range of educational and consumer books by and for nurses, physicians, paramedics, and other healthcare workers, is now accepting stories for a new and exciting anthology, To The Rescue: Stories from Healthcare Workers at the Scene of Disaster. About To The Rescue: Devastating fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters are ongoing concerns in every part of the world. The personal stories of people who go to the scene and interact with survivors will be of great interest to both the world community and to people who work in these fields. To The Rescue: Stories from Healthcare Workers at the Scene of Disaster is an anthology of stories by healthcare workers, from a variety of specialties, who have gone to the scenes of disasters, whether in their hometowns or across the world. Submissions can be sent via email or mail to: KaplanStories(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Call for work on Flannery O'Connor

Shenandoah is pleased to announce the celebration of the journal’s 60th anniversary
with a special issue centering on the works of Flannery O’Connor. The editor seeks essays, poems, short stories, reviews, photographs and other artwork about, related to or in honor of the fiction and life of Ms. O’Connor. Any queries about particular submissions should be directed to . (replace (at) with @). Deadline: October 1, 2009. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best O’Connor-related work published in the issue, which is planned for fall 2010.

Call for submissions from poetry editors of literary journals
Poetry South, an annual edited by the Valley Voices editors in the Mississippi Delta, is happy to announce a forthcoming special issue in 2009. Poetry South seeks submissions of poems by poetry editors of literary magazines on any topics. Poetry South pays one contributor's copy. Submissions by email are welcome with an attachment to Please also paste your submissions in the message box in case your attachment cannot be opened. We encourage double-sided manuscripts if you submit your work by mail. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope to guarantee a return of your manuscript. No previously published material or simultaneous submissions will be considered. Please send maximum of 5 poems, typed and single-spaced. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is March 30, 2009. Send submissions to The Editor, Poetry South, 14000 Hwy 82 W., #5032, Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400, USA.

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